Amazonian aechmeas.
Article Type: Brief article
Subject: Bromeliaceae (Natural history)
Author: Luther, Harry E.
Pub Date: 11/01/2010
Publication: Name: Journal of the Bromeliad Society Publisher: Bromeliad Society International Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Biological sciences Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2010 Bromeliad Society International ISSN: 0090-8738
Issue: Date: Nov-Dec, 2010 Source Volume: 60 Source Issue: 6
Geographic: Geographic Code: 30SOU South America
Accession Number: 257434794
Full Text: Two rather similar aechmeas are shown below. Both are from Amazonian South America, both have clusters of blue flowers and both are former "Streptocalyx" species. Aechmeapoitaei has been in cultivation for some time from Peru and Ecuador. Some forms resemble the white-flowered A. nidularioides. A.brachystachys is a relatively new import from Peru via Europe. Its lateral branches are a bit more exposed than those of A. poitaei. Both species are easily grown given space and ever-warm conditions.

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